Chapter Nine: Silence:
Kyoto, Japan. Tsuzuki awoke when cold water landed on his cheek. His eyes slowly fluttered open, but the bright lights nearly blinded him. He narrowed his eyes to look around.
Is this aâ€¦church? he thought.
â€œYouâ€™re finally awake, Tsuzuki-san,â€ a voice cooed that his blood run cold. Oh god!, he thought. Please donâ€™t tell meâ€¦ The shinigami slowly looked up to see Murakiâ€™s face was inches from his. Tsuzuki flew into panic mode.
â€œM-Muraki!â€ he stammered out, â€œW-What are you doing here?!?â€ The doctor licked his lips at him.
â€œSo beautiful,â€ he murmured like ice. His hand caressed his right cheek. â€œThatâ€™s why I love you so much,â€ the mad doctor cooed.
â€œWhat did you say?!?â€ Tsuzuki asked, backing away in disgust. Muraki smirked at him.
â€œThis is why,â€ the mad doctor went on. He stood up and walked up to an altar. Tsuzuki watched as his heart went into panic. His beloved Anna was tied to a large silver cross dressed like a Japanese bride. Muraki had kidnapped her from Tokyo and brought her to Kyoto. Her body looked badly beaten, but she was still barely alive. Tsuzukiâ€™s heart screamed in pain as Muraki walked up to the cross.
â€œI must make this sacrifice to you,â€ the doctor finished.
â€œWhat?!? Why?!?â€ he cried. Muraki pulled out a silver dagger.
â€œShe gets in the way of the bond between us,â€ he replied. â€œShe must be killed for it.â€
â€œNo!â€ Tsuzuki cried. â€œLet my Anna-chan go! I beg of you!â€
â€œIâ€™m sorry, Tsuzuki-san,â€ he said. â€œThis is only way.â€ He raised the knife above his head. The shinigami watched on in horror.
â€œNo! Stop it!â€ he cried. â€œNo!â€ The doctor plunged the knife deep into her chest as if he was raping her. Tsuzuki watched on powerless as her blood soaked her kimono. The shinigami trembled and grabbed onto himself. The tears began to form in his eyes as he felt like dying inside.
â€œAnna-chanâ€¦â€ he whimpered. An enraged Muraki made his way to his prize.
-End of Dream-
Tsuzuki awoke with an icy sweat and looked around as he panted hard. Watari, Hisoka, and 003 were sound asleep in their futons. Anna-chanâ€¦, Tsuzuki thought as he trembled. The shinigami leapt out of his futon and hurried out to the renter houseâ€™s back porch. He pulled out his cell phone and dialed her number. The other line rang.
â€œCome on, pick up!â€ Tsuzuki mumbled. His heart pounded against his chest as he tried not to think of the worst.
â€œHello?â€ Anna said on the other line. Tsuzuki breathed out in relief.
â€œAnna-chan,â€ he said. â€œThank goodness!â€
â€œWhatâ€™s wrong, Asato-kun?â€ she asked.
â€œAre you okay?â€ he asked in a rushed whisper.
â€œYes,â€ Anna said. â€œWhy? Whatâ€™s wrong?â€ Tsuzuki tried to calm down again.
â€œNo reason,â€ he lied. â€œI just miss you.â€
â€œOkay,â€ Anna said unconvinced.
â€œHow was therapy?â€ her boyfriend asked.
â€œHeâ€™s referring me to his mentor in Kyoto,â€ the woman answered. Tsuzukiâ€™s eyes widened at her words.
â€œTo where?â€ he asked.
â€œKyoto,â€ Anna repeated. Tsuzukiâ€™s heart did a little flip.
â€œWhen?â€ he asked in an excited whisper.
â€œThis afternoon,â€ Anna replied.
â€œGreat!â€ Tsuzuki said quickly.
â€œAre you sure nothingâ€™s wrong?â€ she asked.
â€œNo,â€ he said.
â€œItâ€™s just that somethingâ€™s off in your tone,â€ she replied. Tsuzuki went quiet in discomfort.
â€œAm I that obvious?â€ he asked.
â€œYou know how you can tell when Iâ€™m trying to hide my problems from you?â€ Anna asked.
â€œYeah,â€ her boyfriend answered uneasily.
â€œWell, that works both ways now,â€ she told him.
â€œOh,â€ the shinigami said quietly.
â€œWeâ€™ll talk when I get there today, alright?â€ his girlfriend asked calmly.
â€œOkay,â€ Tsuzuki mumbled with a nod.
â€œLove you,â€ Anna replied.
â€œLove you too,â€ Tsuzuki said back. Tsuzuki relaxed after they hung up together. Anna was fine, for now anyway. He knew Muraki too well; the doctor would slaughter a whole city just to possess the shinigami. Tsuzuki shut his eyes in dread. If Anna and Muraki crossed pathsâ€¦, he thought/
â€œI think Iâ€™m going to sick,â€ Tsuzuki mumbled to himself. He held his phone to his chest. Anna-chanâ€¦ the shinigami thought. The crack to his darkness had just broken again.